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The Wine Curmudgeon’s most popular posts, 2010

image from www.sxc.hu Forget what the pundits said. Forget what the what the experts claim to know. Instead, look at the most popular posts on the blog between November 2009 and 2010, and you'll see how consumers reacted to the recession. They traded down — a lot.

The most popular post, by a 2-1 margin in a year when more visitors came to the blog than ever before, was the 2010 Hall of Fame. This is not in itself unusual; the Hall of Fame post was the most popular in 2008 and 2009 as well. But that more people read it this year than ever before speaks volumes about the search for value during the recession.

And what says even more is the second most popular post: My 2008 entry on whether Barefoot wines are a good value or just cheap, which was the fifth most popular post in 2008 and fourth in 2009. That a 2-year-old post could improve its standing speaks to your desire to spend less money on wine but to still get something that professional and well made.

In fact, these results, taking into account their relatively small size and relatively unscientific sampling method, have convinced me that a major change has taken place in the wine business. The visitors here, courtesy of Quantcast, are exactly the kind of consumer the wine business lusts over. Almost three-quarters are college graduates (and 23 percent have post-graduate degrees); 65 percent have household incomes of more than $60,000 (and 35 percent are at $100,000 or more); and about three-quarters are 35 and older.

All of those numbers are well over the averages for the typical U.S. consumer, and Quantcast says the blog is among the top 25 percent of the 1 million blogs and Web sites it tracks. And if my readers aren't looking for $100 Napa cabernet, which the wine business says they should be looking for, then the wine business has some problems. More, after the jump:

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Wednesday birthday giveaway

Screenshot - 11172010 - 05:03:50 PM And the winner is: The winning number is 920 — screen shot to the left. The winners are Jeff, who picked 913, and Denise, who picked 904. Elizabeth Ardanowski picked 937, and because she was so close, I'll get her a bottle as well. They also get the tin of Wine Curmudgeon M&M candies.

Today, to celebrate the blog's third anniversary, we're giving away a tin of Wine Curmudgeon M&M candies and The blog's favorite wine — Tormaresca Neprica, which has been the most popular post each year I've done the blog. I have two bottles, which I'll give away to the two people closest to the random number.

To win the prize, pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. If you get the blog via email, you'll have to go to the Web site to enter your number. At about 5 p.m. central today, I'll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose number is closest to the random number when I post the number this afternoon wins the prize — and no, you can't pick a number someone else has picked or enter more than once. Check out the schedule to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

Monday birthday giveaway

And the winner is: The winning number is 42 — screen shot to the left. The winner was Alfonso, who picked 007. He gets the three music CDs, courtesy of Sony Masterworks and the tin of Wine Curmudgeon M&M candies. We had 15 entries, very respectable and thank.

Today, to celebrate, the blog's third anniversary, we're giving away a tin of Wine Curmudgeon M&M candies, plus three music CDs, courtesy of Sony Masterworks — Love by Issac Delgado, Lang Lang Live in Vienna, and My Mexican Soul, with Alondra de la Parra conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

To win the prize, pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. If you get the blog via email, you'll have to go to the Web site to enter your number. At about 5 p.m. central today, I'll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose number is closest to the random number wins the prize — and no, you can't pick a number someone else has picked. I'll post the winner tomorrow. Check out the schedule to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

Birthday week 2010

Wc 2010 A colorful graphic as we start Birthday Week. The chart shows where we started almost three years ago (I didn't keep stats for the first six weeks of the blog's history), and where we are today. All told, the number of visitors has increased 1,640 percent from that first January, and we're up 44 percent so far this year.

Which, basically, is why I'm still here. You're reading this; if you weren't, I wouldn't be doing this. So thank you, because this truly does beat working for a living.

A few notes from the first three years of the blog. On Thursday, I'll count down the top posts of the past 12 months:

? You like wine reviews — a lot. More than half of the top 10 posts each year have been wine reviews.

? Red wine beats white wine every time. No white wine review has ever made the annual top 10. I have absolutely no idea why this is, since the reviews are split almost 50-50 between white and red (and no sparkling or rose has ever made the top 10, either). Any thoughts about why? Leave a comment.

? Save for my series of Costco posts, which discussed whether the national chain was buying wine based on scores, you don't care much for the non-review items. Which is too bad, since those are the ones that I usually enjoy writing the most.

? Your focus has shifted as the blog has become more popular. A Texas wine post made the top 10 in 2008, but no regional wine story has made the top 10 since.

Birthday week giveaways

Next week is the Wine Curmudgeon's third anniversary, which means prizes for our visitors. After all, I wouldn't be here if you didn't stop by every day.

Each day next week, in addition to the regular post, there will be a prize post. To win the prize, pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of the post. At about 5 p.m. central each day, I'll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose number is closest to the random number wins the prize — and no, you can't pick a number someone else has picked. All are eligible, which is the beauty of random.org.

Here's what we're giving away. Plus, each winner gets a tin of Wine Curmudgeon M&M candies:

? Monday: Three music CDs, courtesy of Sony Masterworks — Love by Issac Delgado, Lang Lang Live in Vienna, and My Mexican Soul, with Alondra de la Parra conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

? Tuesday: Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, perhaps the best introductory book on wine ever written, and a Vacu Vin set. The gifts are courtesy of True, an on-line wine gadget and supplies retailer.

? Wednesday: The blog's favorite wine — Tormaresca Neprica, which has been the most popular post each year I've done the blog. I have two bottles, which I'll give away to the two people closest to the random number.

? Thursday: A pass for two to the 2011 DrinkLocalWine.com conference April 2-3 in St. Louis, focusing on Missouri wine. It includes admission to the seminars, Twitter wine tasting, and winemaker reception on April 2 and winery tours on April 3 (though you'll have to get to St. Louis on your own).

? Friday: The Jimtown Store Cookbook, highlighting the food and recipes of one of Sonoma County's must-see sites.

The 900th post

After almost three years of the blog, I’ve written 900 posts. Take that, Gary V.

So what better place to remind you of next week’s birthday festivities? We’ll be giving away classical music CDs, wine (including your favorite, Tormaresca Neprica), Wine Curmudgeon M&M candies, a book or two, and a pass for two to the DrinkLocalWine.com conference in April in St. Louis.

Wine Curmudgeon birthday party in two weeks

The blog will be 3 on Nov. 16, and we’re having to party to celebrate during the week of Nov. 15. Even though I never heard from Chris de Burgh, we have plenty of gifts to give away — classical music CDs, wine (including your favorite, Tormaresca Neprica), Wine Curmudgeon M&M candies, a book or two, and a pass for two to the DrinkLocalWine.com conference in April in St. Louis.

I’ll post more details as we get closer to Birthday Week.